14. Study English - Series 3, Episode 8: Speaking Fluently
- The shop is closed. That's the problem
The problem is that the shop is closed.
- Jane moved from Sydney because of the great job offer in Japan.
The reason why Jane moved from Sydney was the great job offer in Japan.
- It was the plumber who left the message.
The person who left the message was the plumber.
- White water rafting in the mountains was much more exciting.
Much more exciting was white water rafting in the mountains.
- We didn't sell the collection of CDs. That's the only thing.
The only thing (that) we didn't sell was the collection of CDs.
- Palm Beach is where you can buy the best chilli prawns.
The place where you can buy the best chilli prawns is Palm Beach.
- She doesn't want to study. That's the trouble.
The trouble is she doesn't want to study.
- The happiest day was when John completed his MBA.
The day when John completed his MBA was the happiest.
- They mixed up the dates. That's a fact.
The fact is that they mixed up the dates.
- The smoke from the fire was so intense that I couldn't breathe.
So intense was the smoke from the fire that I couldn't breathe.
- healthy appetite
- crash diet
- catch a stomach bug
- health warning
- stretching exercises
- suffer a breakdown
- splitting headache
- develop an allergy
- keeping fit
- follow-up treatment
- I got a wonderful opportunity to go overseas to Italy and study music there.
- I'd really like to work both as a teacher and music director when I finish my studies.
- Life gets really hectic sometimes, so I like to go off on my own and meditate.
- I'm hoping to get a job as an interior designer, where I can also use my painting skills.
- I'd like to describe a movie which made a strong impression on me.
- People know they need to exercise yet they don't do anything about it.
- We are trying to televise some international films but haven't had much success.
- I enjoyed having to stay in the mountains because it brought back beautiful memories of my country.
- The choice was paying the fine or losing my licence.
- She was a famous lady, whom I had the privilege of meeting after the concert.
- Describe someone you admire very much?
The person who (relative pronoun) I really admire is a professor from my university days. Her name is Vera Santiago. She (referent) is a very talented lady. Vera is about fifty and married with three children but (coordinating conjunction - contrasting ideas) the reason I admire her is that she raised a family and, at the same time, taught in primary and secondary schools and then went on to teach at university. I met her when (subordinating word referring to time) I started uni. I was nineteen. Vera had a passion for literature and she was able to pass this (referent - passion for literature) on to her students. She taught us how to analyse a text and love literature. That (referent - analyse a text and love literature) is something which is hard to do because when you're at school you don't really want to study literature. You're more interested in playing with your friends, but she was able to capture our imagination and (coordinating conjunction - to express equal ideas) keep us interested in all these stories. And she also enriched our lives with music and poetry. We listened and discussed. I think it was important to have her as a teacher because (subordinating conjunction - to express a reason) she made us see the world in different ways. We felt sometimes that literature and life are not that different, in fact, (transition signal used to emphasise a point which is the opposite of what was said earlier) there are many similarities. So (linking word to express a result) from that point on we interpreted things differently.
- Having to do the night shift is part and parcel of being a nurse.
- Your diligence will pay off in the long run when you succeed.
- Let's do the shopping tomorrow! No, on second thoughts let's get it out of the way now.
- As a rule of thumb students are allowed a 10 minute break every hour.
- Be prepared to face the music when they find out you damaged the lock.
- Let's just drop the subject before we start arguing.
- John has progressed in leaps and bounds since his last report.
- Because the computer crashed we lost the whole assignment and had to start from scratch.
- She was on cloud nine when the results came in yesterday.
- I've done the research so this assignment will be a piece of cake.
Types of instrument & Musical instrument
- strings: violin, cello, guitar, harp, sitar, mandolin, banjo, balalaika, zither
- wind: saxophone, flute, clarinet, oboe, horn, trumpet, didgeridoo, piccolo, trombone
- keyboard: piano, accordion, concertina, harpsichord, organ, synthesiser
- percussion: bass drum, bells, castanets, xylophone, triangle, maracas, steel drum, cymbal, bongos
- Who is the person responsible for registering candidates for the test?
- The children were excited about the excursion to the mountains.
- When asked about the accident he said he had no knowledge of it.
- The trainees were inspired by his performance.
- The Senator is responsible to the Parliament.
- John is interested in pursuing a career in journalism.
- They couldn't agree on the gift.
- It is best to complain to the officer in charge.
- There is a significant difference between the products of the two companies.
- I always was bad at maths.
- Residents will need to safeguard themselves against dangers in the home.
- The question asks for a solution to the problem.
- In this part of the business course they'll learn about marketing strategies.
- Be sure to congratulate Mary on her promotion.
- Jack doesn't seem capable of doing the work properly.
- The neighbours were annoyed by the barking dog.
- There was an unexpected rise in the unemployment rates.
- Horror films are always popular with the younger crowd.
- The parents were proud of their daughter's achievements.
- The award was presented by the principal to the youngest person in year 12.